This is a magnificent hike to the top of southern Oregon’s highest and most beloved volcano.
The ascent of southern Oregon’s Fujiyama is a major undertaking. Both you and your dog need to be physically fit and outfitted for this trek, the most difficult hike included in this book, but the experience will be worth it! The McLoughlin Trail rises 3,777 feet in 4.9 miles. Soaring altitude and a final mile that ascends 1,641 feet over arduous terrain make McLoughlin far more difficult even than other nearby volcanoes with a similar gradient and elevation gain.
The trail’s first 2.0 miles ascend only about 800 feet, gently exploring a deep woods of white fir, Shasta red fir, white pine, and mountain hemlock. It joins the Pacific Crest Trail from the south after 0.9 mile. At the end of the path’s only long, level stretch, the PCT peels off northward at mile 1.4. In between, the short Freye Lake Trail takes o ff to the right. It’s 5 minutes to Freye Lake, but few people bother to expend the energy when there’s a volcano to climb.
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